Waking Up Without Motivation

I got this email from a reader:

“What if I wake up, and I cannot find not one bit of positivity in me.. like I wanna be happy so bad, but I just don’t understand or know what else to do?”

We all have days when we wake up without positivity and motivation. On days like these we just want to stay in bed and not face the world. Sometimes staying in bed is what we need. However sometimes bills to pay, childcare, 9-5 jobs and goals to achieve, rob us of the luxury of sleeping in. There are many ways to handle days like these.

1. Push Yourself.

One way is to push yourself to get up in the morning.

Who Needs this?
People who want to achieve a goal within a certain time.
People with 9-5 jobs.
People with kids to take care of.

What It Requires?

Willpower – Willpower is a muscle or force that gets stronger the more you exercise it.

Discipline – Discipline is far greater than motivation and inspiration. Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like it.

Long Term Vision – It is easier to do a difficult task when you can think ahead and see how it will benefit you greatly in the long run.

2. Practice Gratitude

If you wake up in the morning and do nothing but give thanks then you’ve accomplished plenty. Gratitude is a skill that comes with many benefits. It is not just a feeling. If you take the day to do no work and just give thanks for everything around you then you’ve done plenty. The next day you will find yourself making more practical use of your resources.

Who Needs this?

What It Requires?

Giving thanks costs nothing.

3. Stay In Bed

Sometimes it is necessary to just relax and do nothing for the day.

Copyright © Jaja Wallace

26 thoughts on “Waking Up Without Motivation”

  1. I stopped at discipline because that’s exactly what we need. Life! Life is real and every emotion you experience is valid. But if you don’t get some discipline in your day/life you’ll forever feel short. It’s like Momma taught me about Christ. What will you do when you can’t feel Jesus? You have to know that you know that you know that he’s there. So, the same with discipline. You have something on the inside that’s greater than motivation and goals. The Bible instructs us to press…..Thanks for your post. Be Encouraged!

  2. Lovely post.
    When I taught, it didn’t matter how I felt after waking up.
    The unwritten rule was: if I wasn’t bleeding or had stopped breathing, I was teaching! So, up I got, readied myself, and off I went excitedly to look at those eager, young faces.
    Now, retired, and as I age, I feel blessed when I wake up, open my eyes.
    Best wishes.

  3. That’s a beautiful way to answer the question, using multiple options and who they are suited for. Sometimes we do need to push ourselves, but sometimes, we need to practice the self-kindness of gratitude or resting until we gather the strength to try again.

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